|Publication number||US7047588 B2|
|Application number||US 10/786,181|
|Publication date||May 23, 2006|
|Filing date||Feb 25, 2004|
|Priority date||Feb 25, 2004|
|Also published as||US20050183224|
|Publication number||10786181, 786181, US 7047588 B2, US 7047588B2, US-B2-7047588, US7047588 B2, US7047588B2|
|Original Assignee||Harry Bennett|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (24), Referenced by (8), Classifications (9), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a masonry tool and more particularly to a masonry tuck point tool for tucking a joint between adjacent masonry elements.
It is to be understood that the terminology “masonry elements” utilized throughout the specification is to be interpreted as including bricks, cinder blocks, compressed concrete slabs, decorative tile, or the like, and the joint therebetween may be formed of mortar, grout or other similar material.
Additionally, “tucking a joint” is to be interpreted as meaning striking or finishing the joint between adjacent masonry elements.
Tuck point tools are commonly used in masonry applications. One type of tuck tool is the generally S-shaped mortar striking tool wherein each end of the tool is rounded to a different radius to accommodate two different mortar widths. Another tool is a single size plastic grout finisher which is essentially a plastic thimble.
Masonry or ceramic tile is presently used outdoors, on walls, and floors. This masonry or ceramic tile comes in a wide variety of designs; e.g. rounded, beveled or square edged, irregular shapes and spacing between adjacent masonry elements which can vary generally over the range from one-sixteenth to one-half inch in width. In an effort to accommodate this variety of grout or mortar joint widths, striking tools have been made that have multiple strike heads or tips. One such striking tool is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,698,870 to Clark. Clark describes a circular disc that has a plurality of circular projections integrally formed within the disc and arranged about the periphery of the disc. The radius of each projection is distinct from each other projection. This tool, however, to allow all projections to be functional without interference from adjacent projections, the tool must be relatively large compared to a single tool. This is inconvenient and difficult to handle.
Other tools have the ability to exchange tips or strike ends to accommodate differing grout or mortar joint widths. This type of tuck tool requires the container which houses the alternate tips to be drug around the job site with the mason in the event he needs a different size tuck tool.
There are clear convenience advantages as well as cost advantages to having a masonry tuck tool that is inexpensive to manufacture, small enough to slip into a pocket, and yet versatile enough to accommodate a multitude of grout or mortar joint widths.
The present invention is a masonry tuck point tool for tucking a grout or mortar joint in adjacent masonry elements.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a masonry tuck point tool that accommodates a plurality of joint widths in a single tool.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of a masonry tuck tool that is inexpensive to manufacture and is conveniently small enough to store in a pocket while not in use yet is shaped such that it is easy to grasp and handle.
The foregoing as well as other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the appended drawings.
Referring to the figures, like elements retain their indicators throughout the several views.
Although the preferred embodiment of Tuck Point Tool 100 has four tuck tools, it is conceivable that Tuck Point Tool 100 could have any number of tuck tools depending on the potential application widths.
Wherein the terms and expressions which have been employed in the foregoing specification are used therein as terms of description and not of limitation, there is no intention, in the use of such terms and expressions, of excluding equivalents of the features shown and described or portions thereof, it being recognized that the scope of the invention is defined and limited only by the claims which follow.
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|U.S. Classification||15/105.5, 15/235.3, D08/99, 33/518|
|International Classification||E04F21/165, E04G21/20|
|Cooperative Classification||E04F21/165, E04F21/1652|
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